Education and natural disasters

ISBN/ISSN: 9781441166999 - - Number of pages: 208 p.

What is the relationship between education and natural disasters? Can education play a role in ameliorating and mitigating them, preparing people in how to respond, and even helping to prevent them? If so, how? Drawing on research carried out in a number of different countries, including Australia, China, India, Japan, the UK and the USA, the contributors consider the role of education in relation to natural disasters. The case studies expand conceptual and empirical understandings of the understudied relationship between education and natural disasters, uncover the potential and the limitations of education for mitigating, responding to, and potentially preventing, natural disasters. The contributors also consider the extent to which so-called natural disasters, such as mudslides caused by deforestation and flooding areas built on known flood plains, are linked to human behaviour and how education can impact on these.

Table Of Contents:
Series Editor's Preface; Notes on Contributors; Introduction David Smawfield; Chapter 1. Education and Natural Disasters: A Selective Overview by David Smawfield; Chapter 2. Bushfires in Australia: Learning to Live with Fire by Robin Burns; Chapter 3. Natural Hazards in India: Forewarned is Forearmed by Colin Bangay; Chapter 4. Hurricane Katrina in the United States of America: Make Levees, Not War by Benjamin Newton; Chapter 5. Floods in the United Kingdom: School Perspectives by Kevin Beaton and David Ledgard; Chapter 6. Earthquake in China: A Sichuan Case Study by Zhou Zhong; Chapter 7. Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster in Japan: The Immediate Aftermath by Fumiaki Ema; Conclusion by David Smawfield; Index.